School Technology and Readiness A Teacher Tool for Planning and Self-Assessing aligned with the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 Texas STaR Chart
Texas STaR Chart Introduction The Texas Education Agency Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) developed the Texas School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart, an online resource tool for self-assessment of your campus’ and district’s efforts to effectivelyintegrate technology across the curriculum.
Why do STaR? No Child Left Behind requires that students be technology literate by the end of the eighth grade. The required Texas Technology Applications curriculum supports these requirements by focusing on teaching, learning, and integration of digital technology skills across the curriculum at all grade levels. In order to assess progress toward meeting these standards, teachers must complete the Texas Teacher STaR Chart. Campuses and districts must complete the Texas Campus STaR Chart online each year and use the profiles to gauge their progress annually in order to comply with federal and state requirements.
What is the Texas Campus STaR Chart? The Texas STaR Chart is a tool designed for use in technology planning, budgeting for resources, and evaluation of progress in local technology projects. All applications for state funded technology grants require a completed campus or district Texas STaR Chart profile to be filed with the application as an indicator of current status and progress and as a formative and/or summative evaluation tool. Campuses must retain documentation of supporting data used to complete the chart. The online assessment may be used as a basis for dialogue with staff, administrators, technology directors, school board members and community leaders to plan for future growth. It produces a profile of your campus’ status toward reaching the goals of the Long Range Plan for Technology (LRPT) and No Child Left Behind. The profile indicators place your campus at one of four levels of progress in each key area of the LRPT: Early Tech, Developing Tech, Advanced Tech, or Target Tech.
The Texas Campus STaR chart Will Help Campuses and Districts Answer Critical Questions What are your campus’ and district’s current educational technology profiles? What evidence can be provided to demonstrate their progress is meeting the goals of the Long Range Plan for Technology? What areas should your campus and district focus on to improve the level of technology integration to ensure the best possible teaching and learning for all students?
The Texas Campus STaR Chart Can Be Used: To create and/or update the district’s technology plan. To help conceptualize your campus or district vision of technology. To set benchmarks and goals. Campuses and districts may use the chart to identify current education technology profiles, establish goals, and monitor progress. To measure student and teacher proficiencies with regard to the integration of technology into all content areas. By the campus and district to document progress toward meeting No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D requirements for technology literacy for students and teachers as well as technology integration across the curriculum.
The Texas Campus STaR Chart Can Be Used: To apply for grants. The Texas Campus STaR Chart will help schools identify their educational technology needs as they apply for grants. To determine funding priorities. Education administrators and policymakers can use the Texas Campus STaR Chart to determine where to allocate funds. To track progress on use of No Child Left Behind Title II, Part D formula and discretionary funds.
Texas Campus STaR Chart Texas campuses must complete the survey online and use the profile annually to gauge their progress in integrating technology into the school and aligning with national and state standards. So what does this mean for us?
Neal Elementary STaR Chart Summary
Key Area 1: Teaching and Learning 2008-2009 Key Area II: Educator Preparation and Development 2008-2009 Patterns of Classroom Use - 2 Frequency/Design of Instructional Setting - 2 Content Area Connections - 2 Technology Applications Student Mastery of Technology Applications - 2 Online Learning - 2 Total - 12 Professional Development Experiences – 2 Models of Professional Development – 2 Capabilities of Educators – 2 Access to Professional Development – 2 Levels of Understanding and Patterns of Use – 2 Professional development for Online Learning – 2 Total - 12 Taking a Closer Look at Our Area of Need
Looking at the data and comparing it to the Campus Statewide Summary. How do we compare with other schools? http://starchart.esc12.net
After Looking at the statewide chart it appears we rank closely with the majority of the schools in our state in these two areas. However, we need to make it our goal to surpass the developmental tech. In earlier years we were at an advanced level and have fallen since. We need to make it a priority to integrate technology into our every day teaching & continue to get professional development in these areas so that our understanding will continue to grow. Remember that we are preparing our students for the future and not for today. Summary